Category Archives: Travel

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The Blue Cockerel and the National Portrait Gallery

I love to travel! It’s hard to comprehend that a couple of weeks ago I was visiting the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square. I went to London to see David Bailey’s fantastic photographic exhibition called Stardust. I feel so lucky to have been able to see it. So many favourite images. It was the best photographic exhibition I think I’ve ever seen and very well organised. I booked online from Perth choosing a specific morning and 15 minute time slot although once in, I stayed for about an hour. Check out the website because the books are available to buy online and well worth having if you’re keen on Bailey’s images of famous people in the 60’s. The weather was a little strange – cold but ominous sky and I took a few images before scurrying off to The Shard. I will have to put up another post to cover this visit.  When I travel, I now just take my ‘old’ Canon Mark II plus the 24-105 lens which, although reasonably heavy, is worth lugging about.

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Hong Kong pic

The China Tea Club was The place to go in recent times. John and I always lunched there enjoying the real colonial atmosphere. I believe it has closed recently which is very sad for us since we will be travelling to Hong Kong again at the end of May and I can hardly wait. It is the most exciting city in the southern hemisphere full of noise, intrigue and drama. Hong Kong is made up of Kowloon Peninsula and 236 islands – Hong Kong island being the largest. We stay on Lantau (one of the largest) in on our friends’ houseboat moored in the Discovery Bay Marina which in itself is a real treat. It is peaceful and it’s easy to find beautiful walks up into the hills through peasant allotments full of luscious veggies and discover hidden temples. By contrast, catching the ferry over to Central (Hong Kong island) is always an exciting adventure. Here you can shop till you drop and enjoy amazing food. John is a fan of Brooks Brothers and there are several shops in Hong Kong and we must visit them all!!! I usually get to buy something there too and that makes him happy 😉 My son, Jonathan, lived in Hong Kong for a few years working as a journalist for the South China Morning Post. He was a wonderful guide and host. Hong-Kong_Abigail-Harman-photography